PLOS Blogs: 6 tips for deciphering outcomes in health studies

By ASN Staff

As studies published become more convoluted with jargon and specific measurement techniques that can be confusing and/or misleading, it’s important to be able to get down to the measured outcomes quickly and with clarity.

Hilda Bastian is the lead for the PubMed Health team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which works to make clinical effectiveness research accessible. She was also recently a keynote speaker at OpenCon Virginia, “an event that brings together students, researchers, educators, librarians, and others who want to learn how to create a more open system of information in research and education”.

In the article for The Public Library of Science (PLOS) Blog, she lists six tips for better deciphering outcomes in health studies. They include:

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1. The quality of data varies from outcomes to outcomes within a study.
2. Read the fine print: what it’s called might not be a good reflection of what the outcomes really means.
3. Remember biomarkers and other surrogates are substitutes, not health outcomes.
4. Look very closely when several outcomes are combined and treated as a single outcome.
5. The size and importance of an effect is a separate issue from “statistical significance”.
6. Keep possible good and adverse outcomes in mind, and in perspective.

To read the full article, please visit PLOS Blogs.

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As studies published become more convoluted with jargon and specific measurement techniques that can be confusing and/or misleading, it’s important to be able to get down to the measured outcomes quickly and with clarity.

Hilda Bastian is the lead for the PubMed Health team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which works to make clinical effectiveness research accessible. She was also recently a keynote speaker at OpenCon Virginia, “an event that brings together students, researchers, educators, librarians, and others who want to learn how to create a more open system of information in research and education”.

In the article for The Public Library of Science (PLOS) Blog, she lists six tips for better deciphering outcomes in health studies. They include:

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1. The quality of data varies from outcomes to outcomes within a study.
2. Read the fine print: what it’s called might not be a good reflection of what the outcomes really means.
3. Remember biomarkers and other surrogates are substitutes, not health outcomes.
4. Look very closely when several outcomes are combined and treated as a single outcome.
5. The size and importance of an effect is a separate issue from “statistical significance”.
6. Keep possible good and adverse outcomes in mind, and in perspective.

To read the full article, please visit PLOS Blogs.

Date:
Tuesday, January 16, 2018